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blinking giant

Something mysterious is blinking near the center of our galaxy

June 11th, 2021

When astronomers peer into the depths of the Milky Way galaxy, which is our home, they can see a lot of stuff going on. There are endless stars swirling masses of gas and other features, but one light source, in particular, has caught the attention of researchers that are trying to understand exactly what it …

sun explosion

A unique solar explosion has scientists stunned and excited

June 9th, 2021

The Sun is one of the big reasons why we’re all here today. Without it, life likely wouldn’t have taken root on Earth — or, at the very least, the type of life that covers our planet today simply wouldn’t have been possible. That said, there’s still a lot we don’t know about our star …

hubble star survey

NASA’s trusty Hubble just got a whole new job

November 5th, 2020

The Hubble Space Telescope is about to embark on its most intense investigation ever. NASA has tasked the space telescope with studying over 300 stars in our own galaxy and neighboring galaxies. The survey will mainly focus on younger stars in the hopes of better understanding their evolution. The Hubble Space Telescope has been with …

white dwarf planet

Astronomers just found a first-of-its-kind planet

September 17th, 2020

Researchers have spotted a planet orbiting a white dwarf star just 80 light-years from Earth. White dwarf stars don’t typically have planets orbiting them due to the nature of how stars live and die. The planet in this case is many times the size of the star itself, making the pair an even odder couple. …

exoplanet system

This is the first-ever image of an alien multi-planet system

July 22nd, 2020

Researchers at the European Southern Observatory have captured the first-ever images of a planetary system with multiple exoplanets. The system revolves around a star that is a lot like our sun, only younger. Observing these alien systems will teach scientists how systems like our own formed and evolved over time. The technology of detecting exoplanets …

betelgeuse dimming

Nearby star is getting darker, and researchers think they know why

June 30th, 2020

Astronomers have observed the nearby supergiant star Betelgeuse dimming in recent months. Some have theorized that the star is about to go supernova, exploding violently as it dies. A new theory suggests the star’s instability is creating massive dark spots on its surface, making it darker. Betelgeuse is a massive star that is clearly visible …

stars crashing

Incredible image shows two massive stars locked in battle

February 7th, 2020

Our Sun flies solo, chilling out in a relatively calm arm of the Milky Way galaxy and not causing much trouble for its stellar neighbors. That’s great for us, but it’s not uncommon for astronomers to find stars that orbit each other closely in an object called a binary. Binary star systems aren’t uncommon, but …